Probably one of the most depressing things about the turn of the New Year is not having any public holidays for well over three months (if only we could pass off Valentine’s Day as one).
We have braved #Njaanuary, mama mboga debts, the sun, dust, rain, and dry taps and now finally, Easter is upon us. (Anyone noticed that Labour Day also falls on a weekend? Or we’re the only ones excited about another extended weekend?)
Maybe you have an Easter family get-together planned upcountry, or a lit house party you’ve been planning for months, or you’re getting a few friends together for a road trip to Nakuru like:
Whatever you’re planning, you’re bound to be away for a few days, which means your business premises or office complex will be closed and unoccupied for a little while. We often worry about keeping our homes safe while we’re away, but perhaps don’t give due consideration to safeguarding our investments before we go.
That’s why we’re here though! Here are five ways to protect your business over the Easter holidays:
- Neighbouring Businesses:
If you share an office complex with other businesses there’s bound to be a couple of offices that will remain open over Easter. It would be wise to ask them to keep an eye on things while you are gone. Just be sure to leave them an emergency contact that they can use to reach you if worst comes to worst.
If you don’t have neighbouring businesses to call on for help, it’s okay. You should consider hiring security guards to patrol your premises while you are away, or have your service provider deploy additional guards for enhanced patrols before you return.
- Review your Security Protocol:
Each office has its own protocols when it comes to safety, such as deciding who gets to keep the keys or making sure that the last person out of the office arms the alarm system before clocking out.
Be sure to have security protocols in place and ensure everyone remembers their role in keeping the office safe. If have hired new employees recently, it would be advisable to train them on the set procedures as well.
- Bolster your Defences:
Over the years, we have come to learn that burglars tend to target small and medium-sized enterprises that appear to not to have invested adequately in security measures. In recent weeks we have seen media reports of burglars caught on camera robbing office complexes as well, which indicates that one security solution on its own might not be enough to secure your property.
This is where intruder alarms and a reliable alarm response provider come in handy. By installing IP CCTV cameras, you’re able to monitor the workplace in real time to make sure you stay on top of things even while you’re away.
- Limit Risk:
With theft, the best means of prevention is to be prepared. In the event that your perimeter is breached and your security compromised, it would be best to mitigate potential losses in advance.
You could, for instance, not leave any cash in the office or secure your money and other valuables in a biometric sensor safe if possible. Gadgets such as tablets, iPads, and laptops could also be carried home or at least kept out of sight under lock and key. The less they are able to make away with, should they be able to break in, the better.
- Check on your Wiring:
Most fires are caused by electrical faults and the last thing you’d want is to lose your prized assets over something that is easily preventable. We would advise that you have a qualified electrician check on your wiring and electrical equipment so you can replace any frayed cables or damaged equipment that could pose a fire risk.
Beyond this, you could also have smoke detectors installed all over your premises and have these linked to your alarm transmitter to allow emergency response crews ample time to respond and contain any fire.
Let the festivities begin!